• Cliffhanger 3.0: The Journey to Find TFL’s Newest Off-Road Challenge [Video]

    The search is on for TFL’s next off-road challenge…Cliffhanger 3.0!

    For the past two years, TFL has used Cliffhanger 2.0 as our ultimate test of a vehicle’s off-road ability. Technical, steep, rocky, brutal: all these words can be used to describe this particular challenge. However, the time has come to find another challenging trail to test the prowess of cars and trucks off the normal, paved beaten path. In today’s video, Roman searches for the venue for our next series of off-road tests: Cliffhanger 3.0.

    Jeep Wrangler JK - The search for Cliffhanger 3.0
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    For the journey, he selected TFL’s own long-term 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK, with some crucial mods that bring it up to snuff to find the next great challenge. With a 3-inch lift and Firestone Destination M/T2 tires, the Jeep is certainly better equipped to handle Pennsylvania Gulch, a trail outside Nederland, Colorado. We already have some experience with this trail, as we took the Compass Trailhawk up in November. However, back then there wasn’t any snow. This time, slippery winter conditions make any trail more treacherous. That’s particularly true if you’re tackling the trail alone.

    Nevertheless, Roman sets off to try out Pennsylvania Gulch to potentially be Cliffhanger 3.0. How does it go? You’ll have to watch the video above to find out!

    Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more off-road tests coming up this spring. Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and The Fast Lane Truck as well. That way, you won’t miss any of our off-road adventures up the new Cliffhanger 3.0!

    Zach Butler
    Zach Butler
    Zach is a writer and Managing Editor for TFLcar. He has held a lifelong passion for cars, with a particular interest in hot hatchbacks and off-road rigs. Born and raised in Colorado, Zach holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Colorado State University, and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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    6 thoughts on “Cliffhanger 3.0: The Journey to Find TFL’s Newest Off-Road Challenge [Video]

    1. THANK YOU!!

      I’ve been hoping for a tougher off road challenge for a long time.

      I think it might be time to differentiate trails between light AWDs and dedicated off roaders!

      Cliff 2.0 just wasn’t enough for raptors, power wagons, ZR2’s, TRDS. Though it was plenty suitable for cross overs.

    2. Another great video. The only thing that got me wondering is the “Colorado pin-striping”. If the trees are that close and will be scraping the cars, how likely will TFL be willing to test new vehicles on the trail? I understand the abundance of caution the team shows when considering taking cars up Gold Mine Hill, so won’t that be the same on Cliffhanger 3.0? Cliffhanger 2.0 was a nice wide open trail.

    3. Snow is always a blast, smashing through drift after drift….Until you get stuck 50 yards into 5′ deep snow. Warm temperatures and lack of snow this year is down right scary however.

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